Choosing the Best iPad for Kids: Top Refurbished Picks for Durability and Learning

Written by: Emma Morris

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To some, deciding on the best iPad for kids can be challenging, especially with Apple continuously rolls out new generations at every twist and turn.


Our top tips? Choose a Apple iPad that's small enough to be held in little ones' hands and has enough storage room for apps and photos.


But at the end of the day, the iPad you buy should also suit your child's individual needs and, most importantly, their age.


Keep reading to find out more with UR.co.uk today.


Afterwards, why not also explore our great range of refurbished Apple iPads? All designed to give you the best tech without forking out the money to match.

Key Takeaways:

  • iPad Mini 2021: Want something for younger kids? Pop a protective case on an iPad Mini 2021, and you're good to go.
  • iPad 2021: Get an affordable iPad for all ages with the iPad 2021.
  • iPad 2021 Pro: Do you have older kids who need a tablet for school? This one might be the one for you.

How To Find the Best iPad for Kids

Obtaining an Android tablet for kids can be an easy affair if you know where to look.


From the latest Google tablet to the ever-loved Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids, there are more than plenty of options.


But for those who want an Apple iPad and nothing else, then things can start to get tricky, especially if you're on a budget.


So, before we dive any deeper, let's see what you should look for when searching for your little one's perfect device.

Things to Consider When Searching

Little boy playing on tablet

Here are some things you should consider:


  • Size of Your Apple Tablets: If your child loves playing games on their tablet on the go, it's important to choose one that's small and light enough to carry in their little hands.


    Don't worry, though! We recommend exploring the iPad Mini option if this is your biggest concern.


  • Storage Room: Most kids can be little shutterbugs who love to take photos no matter the occasion.


    That is why you should select a tablet with ample storage room for those much-loved photos. A capacity ranging between 64GB and 256GB is more than enough for everyday use.


  • Its Everyday Use: Does your child fall below the age of 10, or are they older and preparing for their GCSEs? 


    For the latter group, you have a whole new range of options available, like the iPad Pro, which offers excellent features suitable for educational tasks.


  • Durability: Last but not least is durability. An inexpensive Apple iPad should suffice for kids constantly on the move.


    If the laptop remains on the desk, however, you might want to explore pricier options.


Also, remember that nearly all Apple iPads also has Parental Controls for online safety, so don't worry if the iPad comes with Wi Fi + Cellular; either way, you'll have full control nearly every step of the way.


Want to know more about the best tablets for kids? Well, peek at our best iPad for students and the best iPad for drawing. At UR.co.uk, we're here to help you, no matter the question.

The Refurbished iPad Mini 2021: The Younger Kids Dream

Feature iPad Mini 2021 Specifications
Display 8.3” Liquid Retina Display
Chip A15 Bionic Chip
Cameras 12MP Wide Rear Camera, 12MP Ultra Wide Front Camera
Size 195.4mm x 134.8mm
Weight 293 grams

The iPad Mini 2021 is for people who want an Apple iPad which balances both affordability and premium features.


Small and lightweight, the iPad Mini 2021 is one of the most compact Apple tablet devices currently on the market, sporting 195.4mm x 134.8mm frame at a weight of 293 grams.


Its small size makes it perfect for little ones on the move, whether on a road trip or just to carry around and show you their favourite game.


Plus, the specs justify the slightly higher price tag compared to the older iPad Mini 2019.


Unlike its prior vendition, the iPad Mini 2021 has a powerful A15 chip - a godsend to any parent tired of slow tablet when their child is watching a show or enjoying their favourite educational apps.


And that's not all; children who love taking and editing photos will also appreciate this Apple iPad's updated rear camera, providing bright and crisp images at 12 megapixels.


If you want an Apple device that goes beyond Amazon's Fire tablets, this Apple iPad Mini should be on your radar if you have young kids.


Just remember to buy a case to protect it!


Interested? Look at our refurbished Apple iPad Mini 2021 64GB, and other storage models, to see for yourself. Join our commitment to sustainability today!

The Base Model iPad 2021: Affordable for All Kids Ages

Feature Details
Display 10.2” Retina display
Chip A13 Bionic Chip
Cameras 8MP Wide Camera and 12MP Ultra Wide Front Camera
Size 250.6mm x 174.1mm
Weight 487 grams

This device demonstrates that the best iPad for kids doesn't always have to be the newest.


Compare this base model with the latest iPad 2022, and you'll realise the iPad 2021 has more than enough features for kid's everyday needs.


Although this Apple iPad takes a slight step down in display and processing power, it still maintains the same battery life as its more expensive counterpart, providing your child up to 10 hours of web surfing on Wi-FI without being attached to a plug.


Parents who desire peace and quiet now and again will also appreciate this iPad's headphone jack. Being one of the last basic Apple iPads to sport this feature, you can mute your kid's tablet when you need it most with the help of wired headphones.


Plus, this accessory is less likely to get lost if it's plugged in! Bonus!


The iPad 2021 is undeniably a bit more expensive than a Fire tablet.


But if you want a more affordable device in the Apple lineup, then this will provide your kid with durable, luxury features beyond anything found in an Android tablet.


And the best part? It's larger than the iPad Mini, making it perfect for older kids wanting a tablet to play games or scroll through social media.


Take a look at our refurbished iPad 2021 64GB and other models today for this kids tablet peeks your interest.

The Refurbished Apple iPad Pro 2021: Best Tablet for Older Kids

Feature iPad Pro 12.9 inch 2021
Display 12.9” Liquid Retina XDR Display
Chip M1 Chip
Cameras 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and 12MP Ultra Wide front camera
Size 280.6mm x 214.9mm at 682 grams

This tablet should be the only iPad for older kids who want the best of the best and nothing else.


The iPad Pro 2021 is one of those Apple devices that offers a desktop-level performance, perfect for advanced everyday tasks.


Sleek, modern and embodying pure luxury, it's compatible with 2nd generation Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, similar to newer iPads currently on the market, such as the iPad Air 2022.


These features make it the best tablet for older children, needing to take notes for homework or want to pursue artistic endeavours on apps like Procreate to hone their skills.


Plus, its Liquid Retina XDR display and M1 Chip ensure the iPad Pro 2021 takes the cake when it comes to having a vivid, bright display and smooth transitions - essential elements when handling large files and jumping between apps in a hurry.


An added bonus? These high-end components are amongst the best on the market, meaning you won't have to worry about this iPad becoming outdated anytime soon.


If this Apple device tickles your fancy, check out our refurbished iPad Pro 2021 12.9 inch and iPad Pro 2021 11 inch now.

Final Thoughts on the Best iPad For Kids

So, there you have it: all the best iPads out there for kids of all ages.


The cherry on top? Each device from UR.co.uk comes with rigorous testing by our in-house tech experts, who ensure each device arrives at your door working practically brand new! Take a look at the FAQ section for further guidance on what you'll receive when you purchase from us.


Happy shopping!

Emma Morris


Emma crafts insightful and informative articles about refurbished phones for ur.co.uk. Her expertise guides readers in making the smartest choices for their tech needs.